The world is witnessing its worst refugee crisis in recorded history, and the videos and images that have surfaced are harrowing. Many of us wonder how we can help, but at the same time we are nervous - we want to be compassionate, but we are concerned about the risks. Seeking Refuge speaks right into that tension. It explores the salient issues and dilemmas, the theological and moral arguments, the economic costs and benefits of welcoming refugees, and more. Informed by real stories from refugee communities around the world, Seeking Refuge will equip you for a compassionate response to refugees and other displaced people, one that displays God´s redeeming power to a broken world. The church has an opportunity to lead out on one of the most important issues of our time. Someday our Lord will say, ´´I was a stranger and you welcomed me....´´ Will he be talking about us? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lloyd James. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/001814/bk_hove_001814_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
According to even the most conservative estimates, China will overtake the United States as the world´s largest economy by 2027 and will ascend to the position of world economic leader by 2050. But the full repercussions of China´s ascendancy - for itself and the rest of the globe - have been surprisingly little explained or understood. In this far-reaching and original investigation, Martin Jacques offers provocative answers to some of the most pressing questions about China´s growing place on the world stage. Martin Jacques reveals, by elaborating on three historical truths, how China will seek to shape the world in its own image. The Chinese have a rich and long history as a civilization-state. Under the tributary system, outlying states paid tribute to the Middle Kingdom. Ninety-four percent of the population still believes they are one race - ´´Han Chinese.´´ The strong sense of superiority rooted in China´s history promises to resurface in 21st century China and in the process strengthen and further unify the country. A culturally self-confident Asian giant with a billion-plus population, China will likely resist globalization as we know it. This exceptionalism will have powerful ramifications for the rest of the world and the United States in particular. As China is already emerging as the new center of the East Asian economy, the mantle of economic and, therefore, cultural relevance will in our lifetimes begin to pass from Manhattan and Paris to cities like Beijing and Shanghai. It is the American relationship with and attitude toward China, Jacques argues, that will determine whether the 21st century will be relatively peaceful or fraught with tension, instability, and danger. When China Rules the World is the first book to fully conceive of and explain the upheaval that China´s ascendance will cause and the realigned global power structure it will create. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Peterson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/000335/bk_gdan_000335_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Women comprise at least half the world, and usually more than half the church, but so often Christian teaching to women either fails to move beyond a discussion of roles, or assumes a particular economic situation or stage of life. This all but shuts women out from contributing to God´s kingdom as they were designed to do. Furthermore, the plight of women in the Majority World demands a Christian response, a holistic embrace of all that God calls women and men to be in his world. The strongest voices speaking into women´s lives in the 21st century are Islam and feminism - systems that reside at opposite ends of the spectrum. Does the church´s message for women stake out the middle ground, or lead the way to something much better? The Bible contains the highest possible view of women and invests women´s lives with cosmic significance, regardless of their age, stage of life, social status, or culture. Carolyn Custis James unpacks three transformative themes the Bible presents to women that raise the bar for women and calls them to join their brothers in advancing God´s gracious kingdom on earth. These new images of what can be in Christ free women to embrace the life God gives them, no matter what happens. Carolyn encourages listeners with a positive, kingdom approach to the changes, challenges, and opportunities facing women throughout the world today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ruth Bloomquist. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/zond/000942/bk_zond_000942_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Roman army is one of the most famous fighting forces in history. Through its power and prowess, a once obscure Italian city forged an empire that encircled the Mediterranean and covered half of Europe. The physical remains of its presence can be traced from the mountainous borders of Scotland to the arid deserts of Egypt, but its legacy is far greater and more enduring, as Rome´s influence continues to shape the political, legal, and cultural landscape of Europe to this very day. While the Roman army is rightly famed as an institution, the image of the individual legionary is also an iconic one. The uniformed, disciplined soldier of the late Republic and early Empire is one of the first things many people imagine when they think of Rome. They are the ultimate image of the ancient soldier, their arms and armor instantly recognizable. Their abilities, not only as warriors but also as engineers and administrators, have made them role models for other soldiers through the centuries. In the same vein, their commanders are still celebrated and studied, and generals the world over have tried to emulate the likes of Julius Caesar. Of course, recruiting and equipping the Roman army were hardly easy tasks. Gathering new recruits wasn’t difficult since service in the military was a requirement for social advancement, but new soldiers had to be trained to fight as heavy infantry and work together. For these men to be trained properly, however, they needed to have equipment, including swords, shields, javelins, helmets, and assorted armor. In addition to this, the new recruits had to be clothed, fed, and paid, while commanders had to be found. Moreover, one of the key ingredients to Rome’s success was the military’s complete willingness to incorporate discovered technologies. If a different weapon, type of armor, or basic equipment or artillery worked better than what they were using, the Romans were not afraid to adopt that piece of military ha... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/103015/bk_acx0_103015_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
President Carter has written importantly about his spiritual life and faith. In Living Faith, a huge bestseller, he recounted the values and experiences that shaped his personal and political life. In his companion book Sources of Strength, also a bestseller, he meditated on fifty-two of the favorite Bible lessons he has taught. In Our Endangered Values, Carter offers a personal consideration of ´´moral values´´ as they relate to the important issues of the day. He puts forward a passionate defense of separation of church and state, and a strong warning of where the country is heading as the lines between politics and rigid religious fundamentalism are blurred. Now, he describes his own involvement and reactions to some disturbing societal trends that have taken place during the last few years. These changes involve both the religious and the political worlds as they have increasingly become intertwined, and include some of the most crucial and controversial issues of the day, frequently encapsulated under ´´moral values´´. Many of these matters are under fierce debate. They include preemptive war, women´s rights, terrorism, civil liberties, homosexuality, abortion, the death penalty, science and religion, environmental degradation, nuclear arsenals, America´s global image, fundamentalism, and the melding of religion and politics. Sustained by his lifelong faith, Jimmy Carter assesses these issues in a forceful and unequivocal but balanced and courageous way. Our Endangered Values is a book that his millions of readers have eagerly awaited. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jimmy Carter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/000627/bk_sans_000627_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Linda R. Robertson argues that the development of the United States as a global military power arose from the influence of an image of air combat carefully constructed during World War I to mask the sordid realities of modern ground warfare. The Dream of Civilized Warfare carries this trajectory to its logical end, tracing the long history of the American desire to exert the nation´s will throughout the world without having to risk the lives of ground soldiers - a theme that continues to reverberate in public discussions, media portrayals, and policy decisions today. In The Dream of Civilized Warfare, Robertson presents the compelling story of the creation of the first American air force-and how, through the propaganda of the flying ace, a vision of ´´clean´´ or civilized combat was sold to politicians and the public. During World War I, air combat came to epitomize American ingenuity, technological superiority, adventure, leadership, and teamwork. Robertson reveals how the romantic and chivalric imagery associated with flying aces was a product of intentional propaganda and popular culture. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Woods. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/037209/bk_acx0_037209_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It was one of the 20th century’s most decisive wars, but also one of its most influential. In the wake of Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, America led a coalition of dozens of nations that repelled the Iraqi attack and smashed Iraqi forces, much of which was captured on live television as global networks broadcast the images back home. On the now ironic date of September 11, 1990, President Bush addressed a joint session of Congress to explain why he was assembling a coalition of nations to intervene against Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. Bush stated, ´´Out of these troubled times, our fifth objective -- a new world order -- can emerge…A new era, freer from the threat of terror, stronger in the pursuit of justice and more secure in the quest for peace.” As his son would later attempt over a decade later in another war against Iraq, President Bush sought to present the coalition of nearly 40 nations as indicative of multilateralism, even though it was dominated by American forces. At the time, the Soviet Union was less than a year away from collapsing, leaving the United States as the sole superpower. In fact, the ´´new world order” that Bill Clinton and future presidents stepped into was one that allowed for American unilateralism. Since World War II, the United States had protected the West during the Cold War, and President Kennedy had coined the term ´´Pax Americana” to describe his hope of peace for the world. 30 years later, American presidents now seemingly had the opportunity to use America’s unchecked power to instill and preserve peace across the world. As events have proved, the attempt to forge Pax Americana would be much easier said than done, and American involvement in the Middle East has been directly tied to the First Gulf War. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Fluxman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/109352/bk_acx0_109352_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mourinho is both a sumptuous celebration of The Special One´s managerial career so far, and an enigmatic insight into his unique brand of football wisdom and philosophy. In the legendary manager´s very first audiobook, and in his own images and captions, José Mourinho charts the peaks and troughs of the opening 15 years of what has been a stellar rise to the summit of the global game. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ric Jerrom. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029284/bk_adbl_029284_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It´s been five incredible years since One Direction formed, and although there are now four members since Zayn´s shock departure, their enduring global appeal goes from strength to strength. The band´s fan base continues to grow and the fans remain the focal point of what makes these boys so special, meaning international success looks set to continue for Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis. Packed with amazing images from throughout their glittering career, this is the story so far. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Rogers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/056270/bk_acx0_056270_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world as unique and vividly imagined as those of Station Eleven and The Girl with All the Gifts, a startling and timely debut that explores what it is to be human and what it truly means to be connected in the digital age. IT MAKES US. IT DESTROYS US. NOW WE MUST LEARN TO LIVE WITHOUT IT. The Feed is accessible everywhere, by everyone, at any time. It instantaneously links us to all information and global events as they break. Every interaction, every emotion, every image can be shared through it; it is the essential tool everyone relies on to know and understand the thoughts and feelings of partners, parents, friends, children, colleagues, bosses, employees...in fact, of anyone and everyone else in the world. Tom and Kate use the Feed, but Tom has resisted its addiction, which makes him suspect to his family. After all, his father created it. But that opposition to constant connection serves Tom and Kate well when the Feed collapses after a horrific tragedy shatters the world as they know it. The Feed´s collapse, taking modern society with it, leaves people scavenging to survive. Finding food is truly a matter of life and death. Minor ailments, previously treatable, now kill. And while the collapse has demolished the trappings of the modern world, it has also eroded trust. In a world where survival of the fittest is a way of life, there is no one to depend upon except yourself...and maybe even that is no longer true. Tom and Kate have managed to protect themselves and their family. But then their six-year-old daughter, Bea, goes missing. Who has taken her? How do you begin to look for someone in a world without technology? And what happens when you can no longer even be certain that the people you love are really who they claim to be? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Clare Corbett, Nick Clark Windo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/006590/bk_harp_006590_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.